Pop Culture and Japan

Walking On The Wild Side Of Sake With The Miyoshikiku Brewery

The world of sake is made up of interesting folks who’ve dedicated themselves to keeping the rich history of Japan’s native drink alive. Folks who’re leaving their own unique mark and something very special is going on at the Miyoshikiku brewery in Tokushima Prefecture.

Meet Mamiya Ryōichirō, the 5th generation head of the Miyoshikiku brewery. A born RocknRolla with a taste for out of the box sake and a man I had the pleasure of interviewing alongside Kyoko Nagano.

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Poetry

Somewhere Between Science And Poetry

The life of a sake brewer

Is somewhere between science and poetry

Harnessing nature on the smallest of scales

Living, breathing, organisms, working, together,

Stop watches, singing, koji spores blooming,

See the moromi dance and bubble

Controlled and perfected over centuries

Terroir of the land

Terroir of the people

Filtered down into mythical proportions

Stories bottled and shipped 

Spreading the message one sip at a time

Kanpai

Pop Culture and Japan

How To Start A Sake Brewery Outside Of Japan (Sake On Air Review)

Zenkuro and Melbourne Sake are two breweries outside of Japan that are bringing more awareness to sake.

In Japan, sakagura (sake breweries) carry a rich history of tradition that’s lasted for hundreds of years. It’s little wonder that tradition has inspired people outside of the country to embark on their own sake journeys and set up their own breweries.

There’s definitely a lot of romanticism to the idea. But what’s the reality of trying to set up your own  brewery like? The Sake On Air podcast has the answers. Co-hosts Justin Potts, Marie Nagata, Chris Hughes and Sebastien Lemoine sat down to talk to the founders of two sake breweries to get their thoughts. Continue reading “How To Start A Sake Brewery Outside Of Japan (Sake On Air Review)”

The Kokoro Files

The Kokoro Files: Lucy Wilson

The Kokoro Files spotlights the stories of everyday people and their connection to Japan. For Lucy Wilson, Japan inspired her to enter the realm of sake production. Along with her husband, Tom, Lucy is the co-founder of Kanpai Brewery, the UK’s first sake brewery.

It was a pleasure to talk to Lucy about how Kanpai Brewery was created and what it’s like to enter sake into competitions. Read on to learn more about the types of nihonshu and experiences that the brewery offers. Continue reading “The Kokoro Files: Lucy Wilson”